Sophrologist is as sophrologist does

Members of a sophrology clinic undergo exercises designed to help them relax
Sophrology is used to prepare women for childbirth, can aid athletes’ focus and can be useful for those at school or studying at university

In the latest of our series following people with unusual jobs, Marie Citharel explains how she gave up a career in retail to retrain as a sophrologist - and how she now helps clients handle ill-health, burnout or stress

Marie Citharel, 35, is a Sophrologist (Sophrologue) from Chateauneuf-la-Forest, in Haute-Vienne, where she lives with her husband Marc, 35, and children Theophile, 15, Louise, nine, and Thomas seven.

Describe what your job involves

Sophrology is a therapy designed to help clients to relax by using exercises for both body and mind. The practice, which is a blend of Eastern and Western methods, involves visualisation, gentle movement, relaxation techniques, together with guided breathing designed to harmonise body and spirit.  

The word sophrology itself has its roots in Greek.  ‘Sos’ meaning harmony and ‘phren’ meaning spirit or conscience.  The technique was brought to Europe during 1960s, having originally developed in India, from Yoga practice.

As we experience stress both physically and emotionally, combining both within the same discipline can be extremely helpful to those who are under pressure or suffering from emotional problems such as anxiety.

Sophrology can also improve mood, focus and stamina – it’s very useful for those suffering from ill-health, burnout or sadness.  It is used to prepare women for childbirth, can aid athletes’ focus and can be very useful for those at school or studying at university.  

Sophrology aims to help people to find their inner happiness.

As a qualified sophrologist, I run my own practice helping individuals to achieve relaxation.  I carry out one to ...

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